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David Ha​lberstam, 73, Journalist and Author

April 26, 2007
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NEW YORK (JTA) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam died April 23 in an automobile accident. He was 73.

Halberstam was on his way to an interview with Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle for a book on the 1958 NFL championship game when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by another vehicle in Menlo Park, Calif., near San Francisco. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Halberstam, the son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, attended Harvard University before beginning work as a journalist in the South. His coverage of the civil-rights movement earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1964.

The New York Times sent Halberstam to Vietnam to cover the war, and he published The Making of a Quagmire and The Best and Brightest about the John F. Kennedy administration. He also wrote about the media, the Korean war and major league baseball.

Halberstam's wife, Jean, told the Associated Press that she would remember him most for his "unending, bottomless generosity to young journalists. For someone who obviously was so competitive with himself, the generosity with other writers was incredible."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Julia. 

 

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